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Infection Prevention and Control System Check with Susan LaGrange

Pathway Health’s Susan LaGrange presents the Infection Prevention and Control System Check Webinar. Infection Control continues to be one of the top deficiencies in the country. Whether you are an Infection Preventionist, Administrator, DON or Nurse Manager, this one-hour, fast-paced presentation will walk you through key strategies to check your system for quality and compliance.

Attendees will gain insight into the following:

  • How to identify three key steps for daily oversight of the Infection Prevention and Control Program
  • Describe strategies to engage staff for compliance
  • Develop an audit system that involves employees from all levels of the organization for success!

Tune in March 13 at 1 p.m. CT/ 2 p.m. ET for this FREE educational webinar.

Attendance is limited to the first 500 registrants, so register early here!

 

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Sufficient and Competent Staffing with LeadingAge KS

The third installment of our 7 Part Webinar Series on culturally competent procedures and actions for nursing facilities is here.

The event, “Sufficient and Competent Staffing, Having a Plan for All Three F-Tags (F725, F741, F802), answers questions on employee engagement, quality of work in the nursing field, and more. When there are not enough hours in the day to fulfill your duties, trust in the procedures declines.

This series also continues its goal of educating nursing professionals on all Phase 3 updates to regulations going into effect in late November 2019. Stay ahead of the changes and sign up today.

Tune into the webinar on February 12. Read more details on course content and registration details here.

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Register now! Fireside Training Courses in February

Pathway Health offers multiple opportunities to bolster your professional education in the new year. Register now for guaranteed access to one of our Fireside Training classes.

 

By striving to improve yourself and your colleagues, your facility grows the quality of its care and the effectiveness of its staff. Explore the multiple options for furthering your education with Pathway Health on our Education page for more insight, expertise, and knowledge.

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Announcing Exclusive INTERACT® License Agreement

Pathway Health announces they have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Florida Atlantic University (FAU) to provide INTERACT® training, education, management, consulting services, including INTERACT™ 4.0 for Skilled Nursing Facilities, INTERACT™ 1.0 for Assisted Living and INTERACT™ 1.0 for Home Health. Under the terms of the agreement Pathway Health will also be sub-licensing the copyrighted INTERACT™ 4.0 and INTERACT™ 1.0 systems to entities such as Electronic Health Record providers and other technologies that want to incorporate INTERACT into their product offerings.

“Our nearly 20 years as a proven resource to the health care field, coupled with our insight, expertise and knowledge in the post-acute care continuum were the reasons that FAU selected Pathway Health as the exclusive company with the right to license and provide training, education and expertise to providers implementing INTERACT,” said Pathway Health Chief Executive Officer Peter B. Schuna.

INTERACT® (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) is a quality improvement program that focuses on the management of acute change in patient condition. It includes clinical and educational tools, strategies to implement them, and related educational resources.

“Even though the INTERACT quality improvement program is publicly available, effective implementation and ongoing training are key to substantially reduce unnecessary interventions, as well as complications and costs associated with these interventions,” said FAU Vice President for Research Daniel C. Flynn, Ph.D.

Through this agreement, Pathway Health will continue to leverage their expansive network of consultants and strategic partners to help reduce hospital readmission rates and improve overall efficiencies.

“Pathway Health’s expert consultants will collaboratively assist hospitals, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, home care companies and accountable care organizations improve the quality of care by providing key insights and training to support providers’ value-based care initiatives,” commented INTERACT creator Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D.

To learn more about how to effectively implement INTERACT or becoming a strategic partner, contact Peter Schuna at 877-777-5463.

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Announcing Exclusive INTERACT® License Agreement

Pathway Health announces they have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Florida Atlantic University (FAU) to provide INTERACT® training, education, management, consulting services, including INTERACT™ 4.0 for Skilled Nursing Facilities, INTERACT™ 1.0 for Assisted Living and INTERACT™ 1.0 for Home Health. Under the terms of the agreement Pathway Health will also be sub-licensing the copyrighted INTERACT™ 4.0 and INTERACT™ 1.0 systems to entities such as Electronic Health Record providers and other technologies that want to incorporate INTERACT into their product offerings.

“Our nearly 20 years as a proven resource to the health care field, coupled with our insight, expertise and knowledge in the post-acute care continuum were the reasons that FAU selected Pathway Health as the exclusive company with the right to license and provide training, education and expertise to providers implementing INTERACT,” said Pathway Health Chief Executive Officer Peter B. Schuna.

INTERACT® (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) is a quality improvement program that focuses on the management of acute change in patient condition. It includes clinical and educational tools, strategies to implement them, and related educational resources.

“Even though the INTERACT quality improvement program is publicly available, effective implementation and ongoing training are key to substantially reduce unnecessary interventions, as well as complications and costs associated with these interventions,” said FAU Vice President for Research Daniel C. Flynn, Ph.D.

Through this agreement, Pathway Health will continue to leverage their expansive network of consultants and strategic partners to help reduce hospital readmission rates and improve overall efficiencies.

“Pathway Health’s expert consultants will collaboratively assist hospitals, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, home care companies and accountable care organizations improve the quality of care by providing key insights and training to support providers’ value-based care initiatives,” commented INTERACT creator Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D.

To learn more about how to effectively implement INTERACT or becoming a strategic partner, contact Peter Schuna at 877-777-5463.

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Jump Start Your Career as an Activity Director in St. Cloud, MN

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Pathway Health Connections, a leading  talent acquisition firm to post-acute care provides, is seeking an energetic Activity Director for a client based near the St. Cloud, MN area. The successful candidate will supervise an activity program appropriate to meet residents’ needs and interests at this quality focused skilled nursing and assisted living facility.

Ready to make your move?  Learn more and submit your resume. 

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A New Career is Waiting for You in St. Paul, MN

Smile, you’ve found your new RN job! Pathway Health has a remarkable direct placement opportunity in the St. Paul area to become an RN at a highly reputable, resident-centered assisted living facility client of ours.  You will be joining a very energetic team of caregivers dedicated to quality service.  The RN will support and assist the Director of Nursing in the daily management of the nursing staff, work with clients, families and outside agencies to provide individualized plans of care.

The qualified candidate will not only possess an unencumbered MN RN license, but also a commitment to outstanding care, excellent communication and critical thinking skills, the ability to be proactive, flexible, and prioritize and have strong leadership skills.

If you are looking to become part of a top-notch team of professionals with competitive pay and outstanding benefits, contact us! We look forward to hearing from you! Contact recruitment@pathwayhealth.com to learn more.

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Antibiotic Stewardship Gains Momentum for Infection Control

CDCAntibiotics can be life saving. But, many industry and government reports have revealed misuse and overuse of antibiotics in nursing homes create long-term resistance to infectious organisms which for a person over 65 years of age could mean hospitalization and even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clearly identifies that antibiotics are not always ordered with a valid indication, dosage and duration appropriate to treat the infection.

Because overuse is a consistent problem in nursing homes, antibiotic stewardship has been gaining importance as a specific component to incorporate in infection prevention and control plans. Facilities that have already incorporated antibiotic stewardship are one step ahead of the game—setting up infection prevention and control teams and performance improvement projects. At Pathway Health, we are dedicated to guiding nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to quickly update their infection prevention and control program with a solid antibiotic stewardship component.

 

The right dose.
The attention on infection prevention and control was evident back in March, with President Obama’s ‘National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.’ This report emphasized improving surveillance for more effective response to stop an outbreak, increasing the longevity of current antibiotics with appropriate use, and increasing the development of new antibiotics.

Then in July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) released a proposed rule for long-term care facility reform, including the major responsibilities of an Infection Prevention and Control Officer (IPCO). This recommendation to develop an antibiotic stewardship program will likely become a federal regulation by the end of 2017.

Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an initiative, ‘CDC Recommends All Nursing Homes Implement Core Elements to Improve Antibiotic Use.’ Focused on leadership, accountability, reporting and education, this antibiotic stewardship guidance is “designed to optimize treatment of infections, while reducing adverse events associated with antibiotic use.”

 

The right path.
At Pathway Health, we know a big part of the solution is developing resources for nursing home staff and administrators. Our programs are designed to address surveillance, preadmission assessments, mapping infections, transmission-based precautions and more.

From efficient antibiotic stewardship to comprehensive influenza vaccination, (which I will be discussing in more detail next month), Pathway Health recommends these Four Steps for Infection Prevention and Control:

  1. Communicate the latest findings on antibiotic misuse with all staff members.
  2. Create clear policies for antibiotic treatment and set standards on infection control.
  3. Commit resources to monitor and time to track QAPI progress.
  4. Complete in-depth infection control training to educate staff and leaders.

Pathway Health offers expertise in weighing the likelihood of infection transmission, tracking how an outbreak might develop, identifying infections early, and appropriately initiating antibiotic therapy. I highly recommend purchasing our updated Infection Control Manual and the QuickPath downloadable, Infection Control – Standard and Transmission Based Precautions.

 

The right time.
According to the CDC, “Approximately 4.1 million Americans are admitted to or reside in nursing homes each year,” and the number is growing. That is why it is more important than ever to optimize treatment and reduce adverse effects for this at-risk group.

Still, the benefit is for everyone—residents, visitors and staff. Without a robust infection prevention and control plan, an outbreak could bring your facility into question, at a time when public audits and reviews can affect the viability of your LTC facility. With more regulations around reimbursements and value-based purchasing, managing infections is going to be critical. But, with the right leaders guiding you down the right path, you can control infections with confidence.

 

Recommended Resources:

The Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes

Leading Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes

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Sue LaGrange
Director of Education
Pathway Health

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Start Out on the Right Path with Home Health Star Ratings

For the first time this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published star ratings to help consumers compare home health agencies when choosing a provider. The release of this first round of Home Health Compare Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings is part of a larger effort by the Department of Health and Human Services to transform the nation’s health care system to allocate money in the best way and place patients at the center of care.

According to the CMS news release, “In addition to summarizing certain data about Home Health Agency performance for consumers, star ratings can also help the agencies identify areas for improvement.” Each Home Health Agency receives a Quality of Patient Care Star Rating that encompasses performance on 9 of the 29 quality measures, including:

  • How often the home health team taught patients (or their family caregivers) about their prescribed drugs.
  • How often home health patients got better at getting in and out of bed.
  • How often home health patients’ breathing improved.
  • How often home health patients had to be admitted to the hospital.

 

Pathway Health Knows the Importance of Measuring Quality Care
Pathway Health provides quality service and post-acute care expertise to skilled nursing, assisted living, home care and hospice providers across the nation. With an increasing focus on delivering quality care, it is more important than ever for facility leaders to understand Quality Measures (QMs) and how they are used for survey outcomes, Star Ratings and public awareness.

Identify opportunities for improving quality outcomes with the following proactive measures:

  • Complete a root cause analysis process review to identify key process gaps.
  • Review compliance programs and Five Star analysis, in order to develop and implement a focused quality improvement plan.
  • Complete a quality regulatory review to ensure adherence to state and federal guidelines.
  • Hire an independent, outside expert to provide an objective quality assessment review and provide feedback.

 

Important Resources for Your Reference:

Home Health Compare—CMS’s public information website for Home Health Agencies

CMS’ Fact Sheet: The Medicare Home Health Benefit